Muscle Relaxants for Neck Pain
How It Works
Muscle relaxant medicines affect the
communication between the brain and the spinal cord (central nervous system). They act as
sedatives, which most likely causes their
Why It Is Used
Muscle relaxants may be helpful when
severe muscle spasms follow the beginning of
How Well It Works
Muscle relaxants are commonly used to
treat muscle spasms in neck pain. But there is little research on their use for
Side effects include:
- Dry mouth.
These medicines are best taken at bedtime. If you use one
during waking hours, strictly avoid driving, operating machinery, or doing
similar activities that could be dangerous to you or others if you become
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug
Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
Muscle relaxants are recommended
only for initial, short-term treatment of neck pain.
Soma are not recommended for use by:
- Pregnant women.
- People who have
depression or a history of drug or alcohol
Complete the new medication information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you understand this medication.
Binder A (2008). Neck pain, search date May 2007.
Online version of BMJ Clinical Evidence: http://www.clinicalevidence.com.